The Fellowship Match: An Update

Lisa K. Cannada, MD

Remember the “good old days”? When PGY-2 residents started looking for fellowships before they had even been exposed to the range of orthopaedic specialties available? When residents interviewing for a fellowship were faced with the ultimatum “Choose now or lose it”? What was good about that?

Today’s fellowship match is an organized process for all orthopaedic specialties. More than a decade ago, the AAOS and the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) recognized the need for an organized match for orthopaedic fellowships. The Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) Orthopaedic Fellowship Match Program Initiative (the current BOS Match Committee) worked with the orthopaedic specialty societies and residents to improve the fellowship match process.

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